Mytholmroyd Net

MORE TERROR AT BLACKSPOT By Clare Boyd Evening Courier, 5th December 2005

THERE has been a second smash at an accident blackspot where just two weeks ago a man was killed.

Three people were injured when a Ford Escort rammed into a wall at Brearley Bends on Burnley Road between Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Foot in a terrifying smash at noon yesterday.

The car came to rest on its roof and initially four people were taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital, one with head injuries.

The busy A646 was closed for three hours while forensic officers examined the scene and the road was cleared.

Fire crews from Halifax were first on the scene and gave first aid before paramedics arrived.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called and took one of the injured to hospital.

A 20-year-old was later transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary where he was in a stable condition today. A 17-year-old and a 22-year-old were both "comfortable" in Calderdale Royal.

PC George Hale, of Calderdale Road Traffic Police, said initial reports suggested the passengers had not been wearing seatbelts.

He said: "At this stage we believe the vehicle was travelling at speed round the bend and the driver lost control."

A driver was killed at the wheel of his Ford Cortina at the same spot in Burnley Road on November 21. Luke Ives, 28, died instantly when his car collided with a van.

Peter Shepherdson, Calderdale Council's road-safety officer, said: "This is a road with a poor accident record and it probably always will have.

"People get impatient and try to make up time. In these kind of accidents speed is often a factor but people need to make sure they leave enough time for their journey."

He said there was currently a review of some speed limits in Calderdale and anyone could write to the council about a stretch of road they were concerned about.

"In this case, the Department of Transport had Burnley Road as a trunk road for many years and did quite a lot of reviews of speed limits, so it should be up-to-date and well signed," said Mr Shepherdson.

There were two more accidents on Calderdale roads yesterday. A 32-year-old was knocked down in Cragg Lane, Mixenden, Halifax, at 9.15am.

A Vauxhall Astra was travelling towards Halifax when it was involved in an accident with the man, who suffered chest and arm injuries. He was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital. Three vehicles were involved in a smash at the junction of Rocks Lane and Leeds Road, Norwood Green, at 9am. It is believed one of the cars failed to stop at a give way sign, hitting two other vehicles. No one was badly hurt.

Police are appealing for witnesses to all the accidents. Anyone with information should call Calderdale Road Traffic Police on 01422 318146.

As the Courier article says there is currently a review of some speed limits in Calderdale and anyone can write to the council about a stretch of road they are concerned about.

Maybe it's time Mytholmroyd residents did just that.